The 'City of Nizams' is a treasure trove of some of the best food in the country. With bustling street food markets to extravagant five-star restaurants in Hyderabad, you'll find a culinary marvel in every nook and cranny of this iconic city. So as an ode to the burgeoning and totally decadent food scene of Hyderabad, here are some of the most popular must-try local culinary gems from the best (and safest) restaurants; that too under just ₹399!
Besides the Charminar, its this super popular delicacy that is Hyderbad's claim to fame and that this why the city is replete with eateries doling out this flavorful meaty main course delicacy. We recommend trying the Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani bowl from Biryani Bowl, the place excels in its extensive set of Biryani preparations, some classic and some quite innovative.
Other Economical Must Haves: Egg Biryani, and Hyderabadi Chicken 65.
Considered to be the signature dish of the Nizams from the erstwhile royal era, Nihari Gosht traditionally means a slow-cooked mutton stew featuring the amalgamation of a myriad of aromatic traditional spices. This delicacy is cooked overnight and even buried underground so that the essence of the masala seeps into the meat. Try this delicacy from Fanooz's delectable menu and you'll definitely thank us later.
Other Economical Must Haves: Tandoori Aloo, Irani Chai, and Moroccan Kebab.
This piquant Hyderabadi style lentil dal lends its zesty flavor from tamarind-the hero ingredient of the recipe. One of the popular dishes of Hyderabad, Khatti Dal tastes great paired with steamed rice and is an all-time favorite loved by vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. Relish the excellent version of this delicacy fro New Prince Restaurant, we promise, you will not be disappointed.
Other Economical Must Haves: Marag Stew, Kheema Methi, and Tala Gosht.
A quintessentially Hyderabadi street food delicacy, Pathar Ka Gosht features a slow-cooked lamb preparation that has a smoky and charred flavor to it. Served with onions, this meaty dish enjoys quite a fan following from the locals. Dine Hill's version of this out of this world and definitely worth trying.
Other Economical Must Haves: Chicken Biryani, Egg Biryani, and Tangdi Kebab.
Prepared with roasted spices and goat trotters this extremely popular delicacy packs a ton of succulent flavors. Wildly famous amongst natives for its Andhra cuisine and spicy preparations, Rayalaseema Ruchulu is certainly one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad to try this delicacy from.
Other Economical Must Haves: Sambhar Rice, Dum Biryani, and Egg Roll.
Yet another specialty from the City of Nizams this decadent dessert is made with dried apricots and usually topped with almonds. It can also be eaten with ice-cream or garnished with malai. We highly recommend the version doled out by Melange as it aces both in taste as well as presentation.
Other Economical Must Haves: Paya Shorba, Kheema kulcha, and Kulfi Falooda.
Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.